Chocolate Chip Scones

Chocolate Chip Scones - wonderfully tender and perfect alongside a cup of coffee for breakfast or dessert! |
This chocolate chip scone recipe is wonderfully tender, lightly sweetened and perfect alongside a cup of coffee for breakfast or dessert.

Chocolate Chip Scones - wonderfully tender and perfect alongside a cup of coffee for breakfast or dessert! |

Yesterday, I shared with you the risotto that my mom requests for dinner each year for her birthday. For dessert, she turns down cake and asks that I make a batch of these chocolate chip scones instead. I believe this was the third baking recipe that I ever attempted on my own (behind peanut butter chocolate chip cookie bars and chocolate chip-pecan pie bars) and it quickly turned into one of my family’s favorite treats. These chocolate chip scones are incredibly easy to make, plus I’m all-in on anything with chocolate chips that can be passed off as a breakfast food.

Chocolate Chip Scones - wonderfully tender and perfect alongside a cup of coffee for breakfast or dessert! |

The scones have a very tender texture – not quite flaky like a biscuit and not as cakey as a muffin, but a perfect combination of the two. They aren’t overly sweet, either, except for the chocolate chips, of course. If you keep your pantry stocked with bags of chocolate chips (who doesn’t?!) and heavy cream in your fridge, then you likely have everything you need to throw these scones together in no time at all. One bowl and only a handful of ingredients is all it takes!

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Chocolate Chip Scones - wonderfully tender and perfect alongside a cup of coffee for breakfast or dessert! |

Chocolate Chip Scones

Yield: 16 scones

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 to 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

These chocolate chip scones are tender, lightly sweetened and perfect alongside a cup of coffee for breakfast or dessert!


For the Scones:

3¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup granulated sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
12 ounces chocolate chips (semisweet or dark)
2 cups heavy cream, cold

For the Topping:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Granulated sugar, for sprinkling


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips.

3. Using a wooden spoon, stir the heavy cream into the flour mixture, stirring just until ingredients are moistened.

4. Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead gently until a soft dough forms (about 2 minutes). Divide the dough into two equal balls. Working with one at a time, pat each one into an 8-inch circle and cut into 8 triangles. Transfer the triangles to the prepared baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Brush with the melted butter and sprinkle with sugar.

5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until lightly browned. Serve warm or at room temperature. These scones are best served the day that they are made, but can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also wrap them individually in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag to store in the freezer for up to 2 months.

(Adapted from Hershey's)

This recipe was originally published on May 13, 2007.


108 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Scones”

  1. Amber on May 13, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    Those look really good. I will have to give them a try.


  2. Joelen on May 23, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    This looks awesome… I love scones and haven’t found a great recipe yet. I’m definitely gonna try yours when I get some good dark chocolate in my hands!


  3. Kayte on June 29, 2007 at 8:27 am

    these look so delicious. i will definitely be trying these sometime soon. i know my mom would love them!


  4. Laura on September 5, 2008 at 10:00 am

    I was given a taste of these scones and they are to die for! They are by far the best scones I have found since leaving Bennington, VT – All Days & Onions had scones that were fabulous. I am so happy to have found a recipe that rivals their recipe – it’s only taken 10+ years!


  5. Jessie on September 30, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    yum!! I’ve been having a massive craving for scones and these scones look so yummy!


  6. Divina on October 1, 2009 at 4:35 am

    Scones with chocolates are to die for. Good reason to have breakfast in the morning. Thanks.


  7. Trent on October 1, 2009 at 5:17 am

    Scones with Clotted Cream are the best! With chocolate chips I can have scones for dessert and high tea!

    Find a Smart Buy price, nutritional information and coupons at at for Nestle’s Double Chocolate Chocolate Chips.


  8. Chris on October 1, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Everytime I buy scones I’m always a little disapointed with them. Making my own sounds like a good route.


  9. TammyJo Eckhart, PhD on October 2, 2009 at 9:33 am

    I’ve never been a big scone fan, too hard and crunchy for me, often the primary taste seems to be sugar or grain. Can you really taste the chocolate in these?


  10. nicole on October 2, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    all i have to say is WOW!


  11. Michelle on October 5, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Hi Tammy, these are definitely not hard or crunchy; they are quite tender. As far as the chocolate, yep you can surely taste it – I would liken it to how much you can taste the chocolate in a chocolate chip cookie.


  12. Amanda on October 28, 2009 at 12:47 am

    THESE ARE AMAZING!! I only put the scones in the oven for 12 minutes since I know my oven gets really hot. I recommend this recipe for sure!


  13. Jess on February 23, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    I made these yesterday and they came out a little tough and not flaky at all. Although the taste was wonderful they were a little hard to get through. Anyone have ideas of what happened? I’m thinking I may have added too much flour because when I was trying to roll into dough it was extremely sticky.


    • Erica Edwards on October 7th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

      I agree! I think the recipe calls for to much cream. I could not handle the dough, it was way to sticky. I ended up adding about 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup a flour and they were still really good. I made the pumpkin scones and they were so simple and the dough was really easy to work with, Tasted amazing as well :}


  14. Michelle on February 24, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Hi Jess,

    Yeah, if you added more than a dusting of extra flour, that’s probably what did it. The key to tender and flaky scones is to handle them much like biscuits – very quickly, lightly, and don’t any more flour than is absolutely necessary to pat them into a shape and get them cut. I hope you’ll give them another try, as they really are delicious!


  15. Sinful Southern Sweets on February 27, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Ahhh, these look sinful.


  16. Fazela on March 16, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    These are so lovely! I followed your recipe and made them and they just turned out perfect!!!
    Thanks a lot!


  17. AerynA on April 17, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Made them last night and they turned out brilliant! I had one for breakfast this morning too! Thanks for the recipie!


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  20. ching on August 18, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Isn’t it dry? There is no butter in this recipe except for the brushing on the top of the scones before baking.


    • Anne on August 24th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

      They are certainly not dry – there is no butter in the scones, but the recipe DOES include 2 whole cups of cream!


    • Michelle on August 25th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

      Ching, No they are not dry at all, on the contrary, they are very tender. There isn’t any butter in the recipe but there is a significant amount of cream, which serves as the fat component.

      Thanks Anne, you took the words right out of my mouth! 🙂


  21. erica on September 27, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    as the last step after you brush with melted butter are you sprinkling regular white sugar or something more coarse like turbinado? thanks 🙂


    • Michelle on September 28th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

      Hi Erica, I sprinkle with regular granulated sugar, but you could definitely use something coarse like turbinado!


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  25. Sonja on February 15, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Are you supposed to whip the cream before adding to the flour mixture, or just pour in as is? Sounds devine, I can’t wait to make these!


    • Michelle on February 15th, 2011 at 11:28 am

      Just pour it in 🙂


  26. Heather on March 5, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    These were very good. The texture was perfect! Just like what I’d been purchasing at the coffee shop. I substituted whole wheat pastry flour for the AP since I had it, and it worked well. I am however used to a bit sweeter dough and might up the sugar in them a bit next time. The ones I buy are the flavor of a chocolate chip cookie, but the texture of a scone. I get them more as a desert. I was also thinking of adding a littlle vanilla to the mix next time. I loved the turbinado sugar on top. Would you happen to have any recipes or suggestions for coverting this to a lemon or blueberry scone (cream rather than buttermilk)? I see you have cranberry orange posted, and I intend to try this one too. Thank you for posting. Yum!


    • Michelle on March 8th, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      Hi Heather, You could add some lemon zest to the dough or fold in blueberries, like the blueberry scone recipe I have (although that one does use buttermilk).


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  28. Surabhi Shrivastava on August 30, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Michelle, thank you so much for this fantastic eggless recipe! It was quick, easy, and a huge hit with some friends who are pure vegetarians. For a little extra flavor, I added a heaping tablespoon of raspberry jam to the dough and used a chopped 70% dark chocolate bar. The result was delicious!


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  31. Cathleen on September 16, 2011 at 9:36 am

    This was definitely a nice pick-me-up last night. It was my first scone-making experience and I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it really was. I made my scones bigger (cutting the rolled out dough into 4 triangles and folding them in half, than 8, I also baked them at a lower temp for about 20 minutes). But they are YUMMY. And they were even Better this morning. Love them! Thank you so much!


  32. Michelle Z on September 25, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I made these and my husband who doesnt care for scones said they were the best scones he has ever had. After the second batch he told me these were better than chocolate chip cookies. High praise – and i tend to agree. Delicious. I also made the Bluberry ones and they were awesome.


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  34. Ellen (Gluten Free Diva) on January 20, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Oh yes. I’m going to make these gluten free. For supper tonight. Just the thing I’m in the mood for:).


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  36. Darcie on March 31, 2012 at 12:18 am

    I was gonna try making these tonight, but I went to the grocery store after work and couldn’t find any heavy cream. Luckily I have a substitution chart, but then I looked through the recipe more thoroughly (aka actually read your directions) and noticed you’re calling it whipping cream. I’ve always understood that heavy cream and whipping cream are two different creatures, heavy cream having a 36-40% fat content and whipping cream having between 30-36% Would you mind clarifying which you used?


    • Michelle on March 31st, 2012 at 11:12 pm

      Hi Darcie, Oops, I see now that I used two different terms. I typically find heavy cream at the store and use that for most all of my recipes. I will use the whipping cream if I’m actually making whipped cream, but for anything else I’ll use heavy cream. In this particular recipe, you are fine with either one.


      • Darcie on April 23rd, 2012 at 10:30 pm

        Awesome, thanks Michelle! I’m having a pain finding heavy cream in my local grocers, so I’m gonna try a substitution I found over at JoyofBaking (for 1 cup of heavy cream, 2/3 cup (160 ml) whole milk plus 1/3 cup (75 grams) melted unsalted butter) so I’m definitely gonna try these ones as soon as I get my oven fixed =)


  37. Mary on April 9, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I made these for Easter brunch, they tested great but were very flat.


    • Kate on October 10th, 2012 at 4:33 am

      I was going to say that they sounded like they’d be SO tasty, but they look really, really flat. I’m used to British scones, tall and well-risen. If we submitted these to a cake-baking contest in a local fete, we’d fail. the judges measure scones with a tape-measure! 😀

      I was thinking of using my no-fail scone recipe and just adding dark chocolate chips to it. I bet the flavour is delicious.


  38. Amanda on April 18, 2012 at 8:07 am

    I gave these a go, but they turned out more bread like than the scones I’m used to having.
    Over mixing? Or could it be a result of using condensed milk instead of cream?
    (I live in Japan, and sometimes it’s hard to find things, so I improvise)
    I want to try again, but if there is any advice, I’d be glad of it!!
    Thanks for the recipe! I’ll probably become a regular reader!


    • Michelle on April 18th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

      Hi Amanda, I think this was probably due to using sweetened condensed milk. It has very different properties from heavy cream. If you can’t get heavy cream you might want to try whole milk or the equivalent of half-and-half.


      • Amanda on April 19th, 2012 at 1:29 am

        Thank you!! I will give it a try with the highest fat milk I can get!
        Would whipping cream be an acceptable substitute?
        Thank you for the reply!!


        • Michelle on April 19th, 2012 at 11:08 pm

          You’re welcome! And yes, whipping cream could definitely be used as a substitute – definitely give that a try.


          • Amanda on May 28th, 2012 at 9:31 am

            Finally got around to making them again, turned out great!!!
            Thank you!!


  39. Shelley on April 23, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Oh my. I made these tonight and had to come back to post a comment.

    I cannot believe how fluffy and delicious these are. I’m already regretting my promise to share them with my co-workers tomorrow. (Good thing they’re really easy to make… I can do another batch in no time.)

    I topped them with turbinado sugar rather than the granular white – it gives them just the teeniest crunch.

    This recipe is definitely a keeper.


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  41. Kris on May 15, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Great recipe!!! I found you through Design Crush. She showed your Cinnamon Chip Scones and saw the words dark chocolate and knew I had to make this for my MOMS Club breakfast today. They were a hit!! I only brought 2 home and there were not 22 ladies there 😉 I can’t wait to try your other scones!!! thanks a bunch!


  42. Emma on June 3, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    I’m hoping to make these for a brunch on Friday (today is Sunday) and was wondering if I could mix up the dough today, shape the scones, and then freeze the scones until Friday morning? Would that work and if so, how should I adjust the baking time?


    • Michelle on June 4th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

      Hi Emma, Yes, that would work just fine. You’ll just need to increase the baking time 2 or 3 minutes, or until they’re lightly browned.


      • Emma on June 7th, 2012 at 9:56 am

        Thanks; they’re in the freezer right now! 🙂


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  44. Kimber on July 29, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Thank you for posting this recipe! My MIL made them for us and then passed on the recipe and we’ve been making them ever since. We always use mint chips and dark chocolate chips and have thoroughly enjoyed every batch.


  45. Luna on August 3, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    The scones were very easy and delicious. A little too much chocolate for my taste but my father devoured them. : ) I also used 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour. They were great! : )


  46. Nancy on August 21, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I just made these scones and they are so fluffy. It was the perfect texture. Much better than my first try at scones. Using another recipe, I made dense, tough scones. I’m glad I have redeemed myself! 🙂


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  49. Courtney on March 27, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I just wanted you to know that these are my ‘go to’ scones for any event I may have to self-cater for work. For example, I used them as a portion of a breakfast at a conference I hosted in July. They were a huge success. And I also used them as refreshments during an art show with coffee and pound cake. The college students were DYING for the recipe. College students don’t cook, so it must have been fantastic.
    Thanks for sharing your love!


  50. Joan on June 23, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I think these scones are one of best baked goods I’ve ever eaten. Such an easy recipe, too, with the cream instead of chilled butter. I did sub 1 cup of white chocolate chips and 1 cup of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips and left out the nuts. I’m wondering if they freeze well.


  51. Tome on August 12, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Hi! Does it matter if you use unsalted or salted butter to brush the scones or will either do just fine?


    • Michelle on August 19th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      Either one will work just fine!


  52. Lucy on November 7, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Love the recipe! I’ve never made scones before but think I’ve give it a try! I hope your Mom has a fabulous birthday!!! Enjoy!!!


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  54. Denise Terry on November 12, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    I made these tonight and they were so good! Next time I make them I think I will add a little orange zest and an orange juice glaze on top. Love the chocolate- orange flavor combination, especially near the holidays.


  55. Brooke on November 16, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    These are awesome! It’s nice to have an easy recipe for these, I will now be abandoning the other recipe that I had been using! 🙂 Everything in one bowl–couldn’t be easier! And I like the fact that I don’t have to cut butter into the dough–so much easier to just use the heavy whipping cream! Thanks for posting this recipe!


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  61. Felicia on April 6, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Made these today for a party and they were sooo good! Got lots of rave reviews from my friends. Thanks for the yumminess!


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  64. Ashley on September 20, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I saw these scones and I thought that it would be perfect for chamber orchestra snacks (early in the morning)! Unfortunately, chamber orchestra does indeed begin quite early (7:25, which means that I have to get up at 6:00) so I don’t think I could make the dough the morning of, but I still want them to be somewhat warm when I get there. Would it be possible to make the dough the night before, refrigerate it and bake it the next morning? If so, how would you recommend that I do that?


    • Michelle on September 21st, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      Hi Ashley, Yes, you could definitely do that! You could refrigerator the dough whole and shape/bake in the morning, or you could cut out the scones, place on the baking sheet, and refrigerate. Then, just brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar before baking in the morning.


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  66. Susan on September 30, 2015 at 6:30 am

    Hi Michelle, Am I doing the math right? Two circles of dough, 8 per circle = 16 scones. Or do you divide into 3 to get the 24 servings? I love your recipes and you are my go to for trying new things. Thanks!!


    • Michelle on September 30th, 2015 at 8:43 am

      Hi Susan, Yes, you’re correct, I’ve corrected it above in the recipe. Thanks!


  67. Linda Jean on September 30, 2015 at 6:57 am

    This has become my go to scone recipe! Light and flaky. Delicious flavor. I just add whatever I am in the mood for – diced dried apricots, dried cranberries and pecans. This recipe is so good that I make it with no additions, too – sometimes I just want a plain scone. All that said, these scones with mini chocolate chips are a hit everywhere I take them!


  68. Carolyn @ Cabot on September 30, 2015 at 7:05 am

    This recipe looks delicious and so easy….I am going to bake these with my kids!~Carolyn @ Cabot


  69. Colleen on September 30, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    These look so darn YUMMY!!!


  70. Alaina @ The Simple Peach on September 30, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    As a southern gal I love a sweet biscuit, I mean scone. These look beautiful! Chocolate should be eaten for every meal 🙂


  71. Tessa | Natural Comfort Kitchen on September 30, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    I’m not a big sweets for breakfast person, usually preferring last night’s dinner leftovers (aka mac and cheese for breakfast). BUT my parents visit from out of town often and my dad has a SERIOUS sweet tooth with his coffee. Will be trying these next time he visits!


  72. Elizabeth @ Pineapples and Polka Dots on October 3, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Oh my goodness- yummy! I love just about ANY sweet breakfast food, and these look amazing!


  73. Lesley on October 3, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    I loved these and they turned out beautifully. My problem is I have two members of my family who eat gluten free and I tried to make these with gluten free flour. TOTAL disaster! They were crumbly and not properly cooked in the middle. Can you give me some advice as I am new to gluten free cooking. Should I add more liquid or lower oven temp and cook longer?
    I love your recipes and thank you for all the great things I have cooked from your site. (Also your son and dogs are adorable and I love the fact you share photos of them with us)


    • Michelle on October 5th, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Hi Lesley, Oh no! I honestly haven’t done much at all in the way of gluten-free baking, so I’m afraid I’m not going to be of much help. I know King Arthur Flour has some great resources online – they might have a section about gluten free baking!


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  75. Daliya on November 10, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Hi Michelle, I really want to give these a try. I’d like to know if it’s possible to sub some of the cream with milk or buttermilk so i don’t have to use 2 full cups of cream.


    • Michelle on November 15th, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Hi Daliya, I would not recommend making those substitutions, as these are cream scones.


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  77. Ilona on November 15, 2015 at 3:57 am

    So good! And so easy. Perfect Sunday breakfast 🙂 Thanks for the recipe.


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  79. Eli on March 9, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Can I use soy milk as a substitute for the heavy cream. Id like to make them non-dairy.


    • Michelle on March 15th, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Hi Eli, I’ve never tried to use a non-dairy substitute for the heavy cream in these scones. If you give it a try, let me know how it works out!


  80. Tess on April 6, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Just wanted to say that I’ve baked these a few times now and it’s a fantastic recipe! They’re better than any scones I could buy at the store–delicious and not-too-crumbly texter, and the chocolate chips give it the perfect balance between sweet and bready. Great post!


  81. May Roranes on April 24, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Buonissimo! I used the chocolates my kids recieved for easter. I reccomend to try this. Thank you for this recipe.


  82. Betsy on May 7, 2016 at 9:30 am

    I tried these for the first time and the dough was so soupy. I added twice the flour but not sure how they will turn out because I overmixed to make them the correct consistency. bummer! I will stick with a butter based recipe.


  83. Teresa on May 19, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Good recipe. Easy to make and they are delicious. We ate them right from the oven. Watch out for hot chocolate chips! 🙂


  84. Jenifer on June 10, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Tried out this recipe and it turned out awesome!!! Kids had their friends over and they really enjoyed it. I added a dash of vanilla though. It was a liitle sticky but manageable with dusting of flour. Loved the texture. It’s certainly a keeper! I would have posted the pictures of the scones I made if I could.


  85. Cindy on July 21, 2016 at 9:50 am

    These scones are WAY too wet! I even held back a little cream and still couldn’t get any sort of triangle shape to stay (so I made “blobs”) after adding a little more flour and not seeing any difference. I can make biscuits in my sleep but every scone recipe I’ve ever tried has been a big wet mess.


  86. Leslie on September 30, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Can you use another type of flour one that is gluten free, and will it work.


    • Michelle on October 12th, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      Hi Leslie, I have never tried using a gluten-free flour, so I’m not sure how it would affect this particular recipe.


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